Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vases and a plate

Today I unloaded the kiln and here are a few of the pieces.  The vase on the left was thrown a while ago but I just didn't know how to glaze it.  I like how the carving shows up well with the green sprayed on.  The vase on the right I used the spiral stamp I made after seeing it at the Potters Conference.  I stamped the pattern on four sides  The plate features the technique learned at the Claymatters Winter Workshop, with the grooving around the rim. 

I will finish sanding the bottoms, inventory, price and pack up for the 15th Annual Black Mountain Arts and Crafts festival coming up this weekend.  This is a new show for me so I hope it is busy.  We will stay at our cabin in Bat Cave.  I have started looking into shows near there so that we can enjoy the cabin while not having to pay for a hotel.  To see what else we have been doing while at the cabin, check out out cabin blog.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Large Pottery pieces

Today I made three tall pots.  These are probably the largest pots I have ever done.  The coffee pot's spout is a little weird.  My favorite is the pitcher on the right.  It has the crosshatch pattern around the neck.  I need these for the Earth and Fire Festival in King's Mountain at the end of June-July.

This week I will throw pots until Friday then load the bisque with any that are dry.  Next week I will glaze for the Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show.  This will be the first time at this show.  I am hoping for a good turnout.

This week I have added a number of pieces to my Online Shop  A number of items were purchased for Mothers Day and I restocked plus added some new items.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Getting ready for Claymatters Festival

Well, recovered from the weekend at Sanford.  The weather was bi-polar.  Very hot on Saturday and chilly and windy on Sunday. We realized late on Saturday that my setup was not going to work.  I had mixed all my items but it didn't have any pop.  So I put like colors together and that helped.  Really it should have a grey panels behind but I am not sure that I want to make the investment. 

I only needed a few more pieces for the Claymatters Festival coming this Saturday, so I only glazed one full load.  I wasn't in the mood to haul pots upstairs to photograph, so here is a snapshot of the whole batch.  Tomorrow I will sand bottoms, price and pack.

I am looking forward to the Claymatters Festival.  It is my favorite show to do since it is the guilds show and there are so many talented potters.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Just out of the kiln

The last of the glaze loads finished up this week.  There were a number of pieces I really like.  Here are a few of the pieces that are different from my usual. 

To the left is the punch bowl set with the puffy feet.

The jar to the left was inspired by a piece in the new 500 RAKU book.  I like the look and will probably make more like this.

The piece below was hand built.  I like the shape, but boy is sure takes me a long time to make handbuilt items.

More photos are on the Facebook page.

 I am packed up and ready to leave tomorrow for the Sanford Pottery Festival.  I will set up my booth Friday night.  It will probably take awhile, since I have new product and I would like to make the display more gallery like.  I bought some pedestals awhile back to have levels on the table